Master of Human Resources and Employment Law, MHREL

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Human capital management is imperative to organizational success. Only trained professionals understand the complex legal and regulatory framework impacting recruitment, hiring, maintenance, promotion, and termination of employees and independent contractors. The Master of Human Resources and Employment Law degree allows professionals to identify and solve the critical employment-related problems facing organizations.


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The Master of Human Resources and Employment Law (MHREL) non-Juris Doctor graduate degree program specifically caters to both entry-level and established human resources, recruitment, and operations professionals. The online or in-person program aims to help non-lawyer professionals understand the legal and regulatory framework that governs recruiting, hiring, maintaining, promoting, and dismissal of employees and independent contractors in the public and private sectors. The MHREL program consists of 30 credit hours that can be completed either in-person or online in one to three years, on a full-time or part-time basis.

The MHREL degree develops graduates who identify and analyze legal issues in order to solve critical human resources problems facing organizations. Human resources and employment management has historically emerged from a business administration curriculum. However, a significant aspect of any human resources job involves employment law, and organizations have come to recognize the importance of legally trained professionals that can navigate the local, state, and federal laws that regulate labor markets. This degree focuses on the legal aspect of human resource management and employment. Students who graduate will demonstrate an understanding of U.S. law, legal structures, and legal reasoning when making informed decisions regarding complex human resource problems.

The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), a premier professional organization with 300,000+ members nationally and globally, has recognized ASU Law as the first law school whose HR program(s) are fully aligned with SHRM curriculum guidelines.


In order to be admitted to the MHREL program, you must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States or attained a comparable degree from a foreign institution. Graduate school entrance exams (e.g. LSAT, GRE, GMAT) are not required.

Admission Deadlines: Fall - July 26; Spring - December 16; Summer - April 27

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Questions: Email ASU Law MHREL Admissions, or call 480-965-1474.

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This program is fully aligned with SHRM Guidelines - The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), a premier HR professional organization with 300,000+ members nationwide and globally, has recognized ASU Law as the first law school that is fully aligned with the SHRM Curriculum Guidelines. This alignment provides students enrolled with an emphasis in HR and Employment Law the opportunity to apply for the SHRM Certification Professional (SHRM-CP) exam. Achieving this certification is an important distinction that many employers recognize in hiring and promoting HR and employment law professionals. 

Current and future students who complete this degree may be eligible for the SHRM certification exam with experiential hours. Students must have a minimum of 500 hours of relevant experience to apply for the SHRM-CP exam. Students who already have SHRM certification will receive Continuing Education credit for the courses they have or will complete.

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Required Courses

  • U.S. Law and Legal Analysis

  • Employment Law

  • HR and Employment Law

  • Duties, Obligations and Rights in the Workplace

  • Employment Discrimination

  • Advanced HR and Employment Law

  • Human Resources and Employment Law Capstone

Elective Courses (Sampling):

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Fundamentals of Contract Law
  • Administrative Agencies and Regulation
  • Conducting Fact Investigations and Reporting
  • Conflict Theory
  • Organizational and Workplace Dispute Resolution
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Immigration Law

Following completion of the six required core courses (18 credits, 21 credits including the capstone), students in the Master of Human Resources and Employment Law program can select from varied elective courses (at least nine credits) that will count toward their degree. The pool of elective courses students can choose from include courses focused on employment law adjacent subject areas like privacy rights, dispute resolution, and contracts. Students are also able to choose elective courses that present an opportunity to explore other legal areas that may interest them or be pertinent to their chosen career path. The degree culminates in a three-credit capstone course that focuses on the practical application of knowledge and skills gained during the degree. During the capstone course, students will evaluate the impact of various statutory and regulatory laws that affect the day-to-day operations of a human capital management professional, learn how to successfully navigate challenges these laws present, and manage relationships with varying employee groups at all organizational levels.

Students graduating with a Master of Human Resources and Employment Law (MHREL) degree will have opportunities in careers and positions such as:

  1. Ombudsman
  2. HR leadership
  3. Company vice president
  4. Hiring manager
  5. Labor advocate
  6. Head hunter
  7. Small Business Owner
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